Day 1 at home
Being at home is harder than I thought it would be. In the hospital, the chair was next to the bed, the bathroom 12ft away, no stairs etc. It’s just so difficult, tiring and frustrating to keep moving and find a comfy position.
I am able to move my leg from left to right and I can rotate my foot. What I can’t do is lift my left/foot upright. This is because the muscles responsible for this were removed. I didn’t realise how important these muscles were so to give you an idea here are a few examples of the challenges I am facing:
1 – have to use my hand to grab a handle on my leg brace to lift my leg up to get over a step or get into the car
2 – have to use something to push up from when getting up from a seat, i.e a wall
3 – have to use my left foot to hook under my right one to move it to get comfy, this may be when seated on when in bed.
4 – to roll onto my side when in bed I, once again, need to use my left leg to co-ordinate this
The physio has confirmed that the remaining muscles will compensate but I will never have 100% movement (as it was) back in my leg/foot. My aim is to recover this enough to be able to drive again as this isn’t 100% certain at the moment.
John is being wonderful – as usual and is totally looking after me. It saddens me that there are people out there who don’t have anyone to help them when they have major surgery because I know I certainly couldn’t get through this without the help and support of my family and friends.